Archive for February, 2013


The 85th Academy Awards held on February 24th. 


  • Did you know any of the nominations for best film, best director, best actor and actress in a leading role, best actor and actress in a supporting role or best foreign language film this year? Have you already watched any of these films? Which is your favourite one? Why?

  • Which films did finally win the Oscar? Do you agree with the results? Why? Why not? Did you know that you can always vote online for the Oscars at NY Times website

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Below you will find some funny or touching and moving moments that took place in different Oscars ceremonies. Enjoy them 🙂 

Academy Award Oscar Best Actress in a Leading Role Funny Moments

Adrien Brody winning an Oscar for The Pianist

Roberto Beningni winning an Oscar for La Vita è Bella

And The Oscar goes to…..Peeeeeeeedroo!!!! (for All about my Mother)

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  • If you want to know more information about the Academy Awards (history, nominations, ceremonies, Oscar statuette, venues…) you will find it here.
  • Six of the best-picture Oscar nominees in 2012 ( “The Help,” “Moneyball,” “The Descendants,” “Hugo,” “War Horse” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” ) were books first.  Do you remember any other films that were books first? If you don’t, you’ll find a long list here. Which is better, the movie or the book?




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  • What are the main words in this Word Cloud?


  • What are the names mentioned and what is the atmosphere in the poem?

Summary of the Poem

It is midnight on a cold evening in December in the 1840s. In a dark and shadowy bedroom, wood burns in the fireplace as a man laments the death of Lenore, a woman he deeply loved. To occupy his mind, he reads a book of ancient stories. But a tapping noise disturbs him. When he opens the door to the bedroom, he sees nothing–only darkness. When the tapping persists, he opens the shutter of the window and discovers a raven, which flies into the room and lands above the door on a bust of Athena (Pallas in the poem), the goddess of wisdom and war in Greek mythology. It says “Nevermore” to all his thoughts and longings. The raven, a symbol of death, tells the man he will never again (“nevermore”) see his beloved, never again hold her—even in heaven (from Cummings study Guide)

Below you’ll find a Spanish version of the poem:

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Here you’ll find a brief summary of Ligeia.

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Central Station NY

The Floor of Grand Central Terminal, viewed from the catwalk (Maya Bernstein/WNYC)

I. Pre-viewing activities. Match these words or expressions with their definitions.

  1. facade
  2. heydays
  3. cross-country
  4. luster
  5. wrecking ball
  6. hub
  7. relic
  8. gear

a) a heavy iron or steel ball used to demolish old buildings
b) the front of a building, especially a large or attractive building
c) the brightness that a shiny surface has
d) the most successful or popular period of someone or something
e) a device, often consisting of connecting sets of wheels with teeth (= points) around the edge, that controls how much power from an engine goes to the moving parts of a machine
f) the central or main part of something where there is most activity
g) travelling long distances
h) an object, tradition or system from the past which continues to exist

II. Watch this video and answer to the following questions:

  1. When did Grand Central Terminal first open?
  2. Why does the reporter say that it lost its luster in the years after World War II?
  3. Who saved it from the wrecking ball? When?
  4. When was it renovated?
  5. How many people come through Grand Central Terminal everyday? Why is the figure so significant?
  6. What is the relic of the past which can be found in the sub basement?
  7. On which side of the terminal is the famous stained-glass clock tower?
  8. What is particular about this clock?

III. Homework:

1. Have a look at this photo gallery on denverpost.com (and read the information above and below the pictures) and answer to these questions or complete the sentences below. Submit your answers with comments on this blog.

a) Where trains used by most people in 1913?
b) How many trains per day does Metro-North Railroad operate?
c) the Grand Central Terminal sub-basement is the _______est basement in the city.
d) Above what street does the antique Tiffany clock sit?
e) What is the meaning of ‘commuter’? Make a sentence using the word.
f) Grand Central Station is the world’s largest terminal, covering _____ acres with ____ miles of track.

2. Have a look at this CNN photo gallery. Comment on which picture you liked the most and/or which you found the most shocking. Say why.

IV. Extra activity (optional). Watch this NYT video on your own and answer to the questions. Send them to me by e-mail.

(by Mireia Xortó)

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